Refreshing, New Cocktail Ideas for Your Wedding Libations


Hello Lovely People,

We are just now heading into wedding season, and we can already use a drink! With the heat shining down on us all we want to do is sit back and relax with a nice, cold beverage. Most of our couples love the idea of having a signature drink or two at their celebration. To help inspire your choices, here are some of our favorite cocktail mixes for you to consider for your wedding!

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Hawaiian Mimosas

Sip on this yummy treat by following the recipe below.

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Photo Credit: Crazy for Crust

Ingredients

  • Coconut Rum
  • Pineapple Juice, cold
  • Champagne or Prosecco, cold
  • Pineapple slices and/or cherries

Directions

  • Per mimosa: add one-ounce coconut rum and two ounces pineapple juice to a champagne glass. Top with champagne and garnish with pineapple and/or cherry.
  • To make a pitcher: add 1 cup coconut rum, 2 cups pineapple juice, and an entire 750mL bottle of champagne or prosecco to a pitcher. Add pineapple slices and/or cherries to the pitcher or glasses for garnish.

Blueberry Mojito

In the mood for something sweet and tangy for the Summer? Try out the recipe for this cocktail below!

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries, (Set aside a few for garnish if desired)
  • 4 Ounces Rum
  • 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons White Sugar
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 6 Ounces Club Soda
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

  • Blend or muddle blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
  • Use a muddler or wooden spoon to blend in mint leaves and sugar.
  • Stir in rum, lime juice, and blueberry mixture.
  • Pour into glasses over club soda & ice. Gently stir.
  • Garnish with extra blueberries, lime, and mint if desired.

Summer Sangria

Try out this new recipe for a Summery Sangria!

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Photo Credit: What the Fork

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml)
  • 1/2 C brandy
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 2 C Del Monte® watermelon, cubed and cold
  • 2 C Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet Pineapple, cubed and cold
  • lemon-lime soda, for serving
  • ice cubes

Directions

  • Pour the wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add the sliced lime, watermelon, and pineapple.
  • To serve, place some of the fruit in a glass with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and top with lemon-lime soda.

Peach Basil Moscow Mule

Everything is peachy-keen when you have this Moscow mule in your hand!

Photo Credit: Whitney Bond

Photo Credit: Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 1 large lemon (quartered)
  • 8 oz peach vodka
  • 24 oz ginger beer

Directions

  • Fill four glasses with ice. Preferably copper cups, but any cocktail glass will work!
  • Add 2 oz vodka and 6 oz ginger beer to each glass.
  • Squeeze one-quarter of a lemon into each glass, then add a couple pieces of fresh basil.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together.

Malibu Sunset Cocktail

Take a mock vacation to Malibu with this sunset cocktail.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 Tablespoon of grenadine A Splash to make the bottom of the glass red

Garnish with:

  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 1 slice of pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup Malibu Rum with Coconut Liqueur

Instructions

  • To make this yummy drink, simply put 3-4 ice cubes in the bottom of a glass.
  • Pour the pineapple juice and the rum over the ice.
  • Next, pour the grenadine slowly down one side of the glass (pouring too fast will mix the grenadine in and you won’t get the cool color separation)
  • I stuck 2 cherries and a pineapple chunk on a toothpick for a garnish.
  • Enjoy your drinks immediately.
  • Please remember to drink responsibly and kick back and relax!

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With these cocktails in hand, you can’t go wrong!  Your guests will love something summery and fun to enjoy at your wedding. And the fun part is that you could even throw a party trying to figure out which drinks to choose for your wedding.

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Marisa’s Wedding Planner Tell-All

Hi Love Birds,

As my time interning for Marisa comes to a close, I realize that I still have a lot of questions left unanswered! Do you ever wonder what it is like working as a Wedding Planner? I sure do, and there is no better person to ask than the boss lady herself! To learn a little more about what it’s like to be a wedding planner, I asked Marisa a couple of questions that I am most curious about from how she gets new inspiration to what skill is most surprising for a wedding planner. Marisa has a lot of insight and we are giving you a sneak peek of what goes through her mind when planning a wedding!

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What do you love most about Wedding planning?

“I love working with the clients to create a vision for the day, draw it all out beforehand in the best ways possible, and then bring everything to life the day of the event. I love getting to enjoy the final product and one of the best parts of the whole process is being able to see the awe on the faces of the couple when it all comes together.”

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What is your favorite wedding moment?

“The moment when the bride walks down the aisle. At that point, we have been running around all day (setting up, styling, coordinating family, and everything you can think of), once the bride gets down the aisle, we can finally take a quick moment of relief. We have done our job, they are getting married and everything looks beautiful. Our team usually has a celebratory glass of champagne to toast the couple and our accomplishment while the ceremony is going on! That is probably my favorite moment of the day.”

Where do you go for new, fresh design inspiration?

“I’ve always found that collaborating with other really talented, innovative professionals has been the best way to create fresh designs. A lot of my new ideas birthed during this collaboration and paired with lots of internet research”

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How do you stay organized?

“ Well, having a touch of OCD doesn’t hurt! The real key though is to write everything down and have a list for any and all things you can think of. There really should be a list for every single thing.”

What is the most surprising skill a Wedding planner needs to be successful

“Something that people don’t think about often is your communication skills. It is absolutely necessary to have strong interpersonal communication skills. This means communicating with both vendors and clients and keeping great relationships with them. This is done by communicating effectively so no one is in the dark about anything. You have to make sure that every person who is involved in the planning and event process feels heard, but you also can’t say yes to every request. So communicating effectively and balancing the relationships are both really key to being successful.”

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What is your favorite wedding trend right now?

“I think my favorite trend is how weddings are ditching tradition! They are forming into events that are more like parties than formal, sit-down dinners. There are tons of new interactive activities for weddings that are becoming popular including having fun entertainment. Weddings are starting to have a lot more movement and feel less like everyone has to stay seated and watch the bride and groom.”

What is the most challenging part of being a Wedding Planner?

“The most challenging part is helping couples understand the balance between having their dream Pinterest wedding and having a wedding that they can afford. It is so much fun to play around with ideas online, but there has to be a little give and take in the relationship between one’s aesthetic ideals and what their wallet can manage.”

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If you could change one thing about the Wedding planning process, what would it be?

“Something about the wedding industry is that it is mostly made up of many small businesses that each run their companies wildly different from each other. If I could change one thing, it would be to have one way that every company runs. It would be much easier to give an apples to apple comparison to the couples of what they are getting from each company if they all ran in the same way and had the same policies!”

How do you maintain strong relationships with different vendors?

“I definitely start with respect and some basic values like always treating someone the same way I would want to be treated. I strongly believe in friendly professionalism, because who wants to work with someone who isn’t like a friend! It also helps to have some kick-booty weddings and clients for the vendors to show off their work and include in their portfolios. We are all trying to help each other be successful!”

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What advice would you give to an aspiring Wedding planner?

“Before all else, be prepared to work your butt off and go above and beyond of what you are asked. I would also say to make sure that you do your research because there is a lot to learn about the industry. Especially if you are creating a cultural wedding, you need to learn about the customs and traditions that you have to incorporate for your clients. Also always make a template for everything and save all of your work. This is great for going back and references what you have done in the past and how you can build off of it in the future. Communicate by email and track all conversations, orders, etc. And just remember, no one starts off knowing everything. It will always take trial and error to become a pro.”

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Well, you all heard it here first from our amazing boss lady, Marisa! She knows the ins and the outs, and can definitely help you plan a killer wedding. Happy planning!

Intern Spotlight: Introducing Nicole!

Hello beautiful people!

I am super excited to be the new intern at Marisa Nicole Events and would love to introduce myself to you all! Here is a little Q&A so you can get a taste of who I am my wedding style….

  • Favorite Wedding Blog: I love Style Me Pretty because there are endless weddings to look at for ideas and you can even search them by color scheme!
  • Describe the Perfect Wedding Cake Flavor Combo: I am obsessed with red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting!
  • Favorite Styling Genre for Event Design: I love the soft and romantic looks with sweeping floral displays and elegant details.  I have flowers all over my room and couldn’t imagine my favorite styling genre without them!
  • Event Planning Super Hero Skill: To be able to get anything done within five minutes! Could you imagine if the whole wedding was set up in five minutes? I would have so much free time to enjoy the beautiful day with the happy couple!
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece?: Definitely a veil, if I can have my way (and not overuse flower details) then I would want hand sewn light flowers to the end of a long veil.
  • Favorite Wedding Tradition: My absolute favorite part of weddings is when you get to hear the speeches. I enjoy nothing more than hearing funny stories about the bride or groom and listening to someone talk about a loved one is always heartwarming!
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: When the couple shares their personal vows. There is no better example of what love means!

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about me and that we share some similarities. Feel free to comment some of your favorites below and I’ll see you around on the blog and on Instagram.

Cheers!

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!